Greetings

Hope all are well and healthy during this worldwide pandemic. We are in a shelter down situation in Connecticut only leaving the home from essentials – food and alcohol. This is to say that the alcohol helps along with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Disney.

Business

My wife and I moved our business to our home in anticipation of a shelter down at the beginning of February. We can operate our business here and are are FULLY operational.

Shipping

We stand by our policy of shipping orders SAME DAY / NEXT Day. This of course is determined by when you place your order. For instance, if you order before noon EST we can get it in the mail that day because our mail pick up is in the early afternoon. Most importantly, we ship using PRIORITY MAIL USPS. Depending on where you live makes a difference of when it will arrive, priority mail will get to you in 1, 2 or 3 days.We get many orders to Kansas City and for whatever reason it takes 3 days to get there but what is really strange is that an order to Hawaii only takes 2 days! Not sure why?

special offer

If there ever was a a time to order NOW is the time to send a heart to someone. Because of this we are offering a 20% discount to all of customers. This implies we want to help people have a special unique way of saying I’m Thinking of You and I love you. So please use the coupon Code: We Love You during check out to receive the 20% discount.

https://lock-itz.com/shop/

Especially because of these unusual times we treat each order as a top priority because we know how much love is behind each order.

Contact

If you have any questions or help please contact me directly, you can do so at,
Robert Timmons
robert@lock-itz.com
203 847 – 7700

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What are Love Locks used for? The simple answer is for love.

We get so many orders for love locks and each one has a story behind it. We can read into the meanings and can only image where they will end up.

Our favorite of all is the proposal lock. Guys around the world have used our locks to pop the question. Engravings like “Will you marry me” and “She said YES” come in at least once a week. How cool is it to be a part of something that will last lifetime.

Some are for the birth of a newborn such as “Welcome to the World Son” or clearly a celebration of their child’s first year in the world, “Happy First Birthday Charlie”.

Sometimes the locks are just a simple initials with a heart. Just a reminder of when their journey started and that they are still going strong with love.

Others are for anniversaries with dates and an occasional anniversary milestone like “50 years still going strong!”.

How can you not enjoy the wonderful messages our customers engrave.  Then there are the silly cute ones with pet names that have special meaning to only their loved one, “Smoochy” was one of my favorites or “Boo Boo Bear”.

There also the travel locks that clearly are meant for overseas to be left behind somewhere to someday hopefully remain until it is visited again. My wife and I always take a lock with us on holiday. We have left locks in Grenada, Barbados, Curacao and Puerto Rico to name a few Islands and then some here in the US, Providence, Newport, NYC and Greenville, SC. Each one commemorates are trip and is something we will look for when we go back in the years to come.

So think about what you want your lock for and then write something special. Have fun with it. Cheers.

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THE LEGEND OF ST. VALENTINE

The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

ORIGINS OF VALENTINE’S DAY: A PAGAN FESTIVAL IN FEBRUARY

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

VALENTINE’S DAY: A DAY OF ROMANCE

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

TYPICAL VALENTINE’S DAY GREETINGS

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

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Bring in the New Year!

Time to sheen in eighteen! Get your party hats on and break out the bubbly. Happy New Year to ALL from Lockitz® and our love lock team. Reflecting back on 2017 and the many memories and engravings makes our job so much fun.

Checking our distribution and sale locations to date we came upon an interesting stat. There is only one state in the United States that is not accounted for in having a sale. Keep reading to find out what state that might be.

Internationally we’ve shipped to 34 different countries in the world with Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom rounding off the top 3. Russia, Turkey and South Africa complete the bottom 3. Love locks are a worldwide phenomenon and Lockitz® is a proud sponsor to spreading the world with love. If you have stories of where you brought your lock please let us know. We chart the progress of love on a big map in the office.

So what state are we missing? Before we share that interesting fact, the top three states we sell to are: California (13%), Missouri (10.3%) and New York (7.7%). Missouri is interesting because of our help in promoting “The Old Red Bridge” that is part of KC Parks and Recreation.   

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We haven’t visited the park but have plans to in 2018 to visit the bridge. Check out these links and youtube video about the bridge.

http://kcparks.org/places/old-red-bridge-love-locks/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2uQLV9DCo0

The bridge and the locks that adorn it are growing and have been an amazing tourist attraction for Kansas City.

So what state is it? WYOMING. Though the 10th largest state by area it is also the least populous state in the US. The name Wyoming comes from the Delaware Indian word, meaning “mountains and valleys alternating”. Big as it is we need to bring some love to the state. We keep waiting and hopefully someone this 2018 will purchase one so we can complete our map. So if you know someone from Wyoming tell them to write me at robert@lock-com and we make them a special offer.

Happy New Year!

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The New Year is here and Lock-itz® welcomes 2018.

This marks the conclusion of our 7th year selling love locks. Over the years we have seen many locks with a wide assortment of engravings. From the loving couples to the touching poetic rhymes to some really funny ones. Here are just a few of our recent favorites:

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Linda & Dave

August 30, 1975

41 years +

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Gravity Pulls on C & B

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Love You

Sempre e per Sempre

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You are my Forever

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02/14/88

K + C = Forever

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You make me complete

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Kristen & Jon

I love you to the Moon and back

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Jenny

Will you Marry Me?

Joey

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How fun is it to be able to say what you want on one of our locks. Apparently Joey from Kansas City did to Jenny and it worked out GREAT. He sent us a picture with Jenny’s hand showing off a beautiful diamond ring!  I guess you could say Lock-itz® is a proud sponsor of spreading love and bringing people together.  So what do you say? Is there someone out there for you?  Let us help and let them know what your heart is saying this New Year.

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Christmas and the Holidays are upon us once again. The years keep ticking by and we keep sending LOVE.

Over the years we have been in the business of sharing love. This was the sole purpose of starting Lock-itz®.

The most gratifying gift we can give at Lock-itz® is knowing that each lock we engrave is meant for love. Thousands upon thousands of our love locks have been shipped around the world. We’ve shipped our love locks to every state and over fifty different countries. We reach the world and its four corners.

This world needs love and needs to focus on giving. The best Holiday gift is giving and expecting nothing in return. This holiday think of someone and send a heart engraved with something special on it. A small token of friendship, meaningful thought or words of encouragement can help spread our simple message.

Every day I wake up to check our orders and read the words of our customers and their special messages. What a great way to start the day! Some are simple with just initials and a heart and others our thoughtful words that are unique to their special person. Reading the messages keeps hope in my heart that we all share the same bond and desire to love.

So this holiday season Lock-itz® wishes you and your family a Happy Holidays.

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Love Locks represent a desire and spirit of locking love for lovers in the form of engraved padlocks forever.

Love locks from all over the world are being engraved with names, dates, and sweet words that announce to the world expressions of love. Lover’s lock their padlocks to an iron fence or rail and hide their keys to seal their undying love for each other.

Lock-itz® was the first in the United States to help people express their thoughts of their special loved one. The idea started with a simple question after seeing a lock with a name on it in Central Park back in 2011. My wife asked “Does anyone sell these on the internet?” Great question.

We got home later in the evening and remembered the lock and did a google search and found many pictures from around the world. Of course Paris was first on the search with tons of pictures but no sites to market the idea. Our son who is quite the tech guy quickly made a dummy web page to test the waters. Once the site went live orders came in immediately and we scrambled to find a padlock to actually sell and then figure out how to engrave the locks. It so happened that less than a mile from home was a local engraver and we quickly developed a wonderful relationship. The business took off and orders came in 24 hours a day seven days a week. We’ve been going steady now for seven years with no end in sight. Love is the one underlying trait that everyone feels and shares and there is no end to love.

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Love Locks in Wisconsin!

Are you from Wisconsin and heading to Beaver Creek? Use the coupon code: Beaver Creek and get 5% off your order. Bring your loved one to the bridge and lock your love together with one of our custom engraved love padlocks.

Our love locks are custom engraved to what you want. Simple and to the point. Engrave your names, initials or say something from your heart.

 

Choose from 9 brilliant colors Gold, Black, Blue, Red, Green, Purple, Bronze, Orange and Chartreuse and 3 different sizes.

If a padlock doesn’t suit your fancy then order one of our adorable Heart Tokens. They come in three colors, Red, Purple and Pink. Each token comes with a cute little key that can be used as a charm pendant.

Order TODAY!

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMRZ53_Beaver_Creek_Love_Lock_Bridge_Sparta_WI_USA

 

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Schools are going to be out for summer. Are you a school looking for a really neat idea for your end of the year awards?
Our DOG TAGS – we call them Taglitz are PERFECT!
School orders are rolling in and the demand is high this year.

We most likely have your school or team color and can engrave ANYTHING. Customize them with the students name or just a simple engraving like “Orange Team Super Star”.

One great idea comes from Darien, CT…they honor their students with a dog tag if they earned an “A” in all four quarters of the year in the core subjects: English, math, science, world language and world studies. What a GREAT idea…thank you Middlesex Middle School and congratulations to your outstanding students.

Another great idea comes from a customer in MA. Their children are going to summer camp and they got special tags for each of their kids. Thank you Pierce family!

We offer discounts to schools and large orders.
Contact us NOW. email: robert@lock-itz.com

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